Sun Metro’s evaporating revenue

The proposed 2017-2018 city budget has a line item for fare box revenue.

They budgeted $9,350,000 in 2016.

For 2017 they budgeted $8,000,000.

The preliminary budget number for 2018 is $6,600,000.

Yet the city continues to spend tens of millions to increase capacity.

We deserve better

Brutus

5 Responses to Sun Metro’s evaporating revenue

  1. Tickedofftaxpayer says:

    I just got back from D.C. I used the Metro system for four days. Outside of commute times it is practically empty. Public transit depends heavily on riders needing to go to clustered work areas on a regular basis. Outside of Fort Bliss and downtown, we don’t have work areas that employ a lot of folks on similar hours who come to work and go home. We are a city of small businesses that have people running around a lot during the day. Cars aren’t going away. When we finish our transit system it will do what if has always done, transport maids and students in most places, and the elderly in a few places. Until we really get more large businesses that employ folks who go to work in one place for the entire day, we are unlikely to see heavy commuter use.

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  2. Geoffrey Wright says:

    How do you expect a transit system to be attractive if you only build a part of it? One out of four Brio lines is complete. 25% of a system makes it almost no system. Every city in Asia, Europe, and South America have transit systems that greatly enhance their economies and livability. Most eastern American cities rely on their transit systems for public travel and reduced pollution.

    What is your vision for El Paso? Driverless Uber electric cars? If we could make the transition to public transit, think how much additional land El Paso could gain from re-purposed parking lots.

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  3. OLD GRINGO says:

    Damn, do you suppose people ARE actually using the rent-a-bikes instead of taking Sun Metro?

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  4. JerryK says:

    Can’t wait for the trolley numbers.

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  5. anonymous says:

    But they’re making some contractors and vendors very, very happy.

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